OK, back to animation. On Sunday evening, my local PBS (Public Broadcasting System) would show the International Festival Of Animation. I had the fortunate opportunity to become exposed to the great short animation from Zagreb, the USSR and the National Film Board Of Canada. Even back then, in the 70’s, the mention of animation to most people in the USA invoked images of Walt Disney productions, Saturday morning crap or the classic Warner Brother’s cartoons featuring Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck. I was more enthralled with the uniquely personal art of animation being practiced outside the US. I am in no way comparing myself to any of the artists whose films I watched but I was heavily influenced by the more free drawing styles. I still don’t like cartooning or art that is too slick and technically spectacular. Sadly, the business of commercial art requires artists to have unique styles that jump, screaming from portfolios. I think a lot of the art coming from new illustrators is lacking in character. Children’s books especially seem to have art that is designed to impress publishers and editors more than a child’s imagination.